Records refined at schools athletics

Trista Cowley on her way to winning the 8-year-old girls final.

As the Cambridge Combined Schools Athletics came to a close on Friday last week, several records from shotput throws to long jump leaps had been broken in the event’s second year of record keeping.

Victoria Bunce, winner of the 11-year-old girls final.

Holly Stewart set a new record in the 10-year-old girls high jump, flying over a 1.3 metre bar, and went on to win the final in the 10-year-old girls 100 metre sprint. Still puffing after crossing the finish line, she described the victory quite simply. “I just like sprints,” she said.

Oliver-Tane Knowles, smiling after winning the 11-year-old boys final.

Theo Anthony was rapt to finish things off with a first-place win in the ten-year-old boys 100m sprint final after a few third-place performances earlier in the day. “I was pretty chuffed,” he said.

Lucy Bennett on her way to a third-place finish in the 9-year-old girls final.

After winning the 11-year-old girls final Victoria Bunce said the sprints were much more fun than the school cross country earlier this year, “because it’s so far!” she laughed, describing her final race as “really cool”.

Theo Anthony (centre, yellow and green shirt) raced his way to first place in the 10-year-old boys final.

For the 11-year-old boys winner Oliver-Tane Knowles, the feeling of winning wasn’t quite so exhilarating. “It hurts!” he laughed, still beaming after crossing the finish line.

Holly Stewart nears the finish line for first-place in the 10-year-old girls final.

The 100 metre sprints and grand relay final wrapped up a day of athletics organised by Leamington School and Sport Waikato, with teams from Leamington, Cambridge East, Cambridge Primary, Hautapu and St Peter’s Catholic taking part, as well as a combined team of winners from the rural schools athletics day, representing Kaipaki, Roto-o-rangi, Karapiro, Horahora and Te Miro.

Jayden Taumanu (front) closes in on finishing second in the 9-year-old boys final.

Relay runners, lined up in their school teams, smile for the camera ahead of their final race.

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